Batik Learning 01 – Hand Painting Batik On T-shirt

Joining a Batik workshop class at Bukit Bintang Malaysia. Just for learning hand-painting Batik T-shirt.

Why Batik?

Back to 2020, COVID year begin. Lost job lost direction lost almost everything.

Since after ScreenPrint, I still worry, am I doing right what I doing now? At that time, I just was thinking, I want be master doing something cool element and unique at t-shirt. Something ScreenPrint can’t do. That is why, I attended the workshop.

Google map photo.

Using wax for resist and then color.

Batik on t-shirt

First, this is simple workshop. Nothing much knowledge about Batik, where it come form, what color using for, what pigment come from, what is sodium silicate made from and etc. It took short hours to finish the Batik on t-shirt. At the end, I request the t-shirt need to color fixed. So it took almost half day there.

Wax, first time hard to control. Challenging when come to t-shirt fabric. It’s spread fast. And accidentally drip the wax to hand, it’s hot too.

Color, used ready made one. So I can’t know how to made this, and even don’t know how does this come from. Most of the color look dark and watery.

Sodium, something like a sticky glue. Need wear gloves to handle, hand burn minor if sensitive skin. In fact, it need to soup almost 6 hours long, so that color fixed in the t-shirt material.

Soda, like a soda bake. Need to added at boiling water, for removed the dirt, the wax and the sodium. And then clean water to wash out and rinse.

Soup it into Sodium Silicate for color fixing.

Conclusion

A simple little Batik experience through t-shirt Batik paint actually. For the beginner, you can’t imagine the wax area turn to white area, after washed out. So the whole image look different compare with the wax one. It have to careful in making design. And the t-shirt cotton material, playing a role for adsorbing ink actually. I can’t tell that is good cotton or not.

Batik 翻译过来,“峇迪”,或者称之为蜡染

其实好多国家都有自己独特的峇迪,马来西亚荅迪有自己马来西亚独特的一面。峇迪(Batik),其实是透过蜡来呈现一幅作品。没蜡就很难说得上是峇迪(Batik)了。

续绢印后,我担心自己会不会三分钟热度。显然不是的,因为往往过去经验告知,教的人不会完全告诉你比较专业的知识,这也导致个人要钻研相当吃力的。感叹人啊,为何要如此办?是担心饭碗不保?

常听说栽培、栽培、栽培。栽培国家未来栋梁。但是往往两码事。当你奋身去学,教导者有所保留,是很难理解的。反而栽培了一般自私无比的领域专才。

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